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dick durbin was over at the senator for american progress yesterday and he made it very, very clear that when the word entitlement reform is used or the phrase, there's one thing it should not include. here's senator durbin. >> i think we should take social security off the table for the current fiscal cliff and deficit discussion but be very honest about what we're going to achieve in the near term. i think we should create the equivalent of a simpson bowles commission for social security and give them eight months to a year, a directive to come up with a plan to buy 75 years of solvency for social security. >> bill: social security is really a different issue isn't it? >> absolutely. it is. i would agree with senator durbin absolutely. i'll give you a reform in medicare i think democrats would support. and that is looking at prescription drugs. and making it more competitive. >> bill: amen. >> or really crackening down on the fraud that takes place through the medical devices which is not with individuals c
of the year is 72 senator dick durbin is 68. today is also the birthday of marleau thomas, goldie hawn troy aikman ken griffey jr. and [ inaudible ]. and the moral of this story is astrology means nothing. i have been really thrilled to work here this week, and one of the great things when i get to take over the "bill press show" is to pull it down to my level. yesterday i had muslim dean oh bah doll la and today i have a guy who works with dean, scott blakeman who is one of the stars of laughing liberally off breadway. and scott, i want to thank you for calling happy thanksgiving welcome to the "bill press show." >> happy thanksgiving, john. >> john: you are a jewish comedian who is also liberal, so why do you hate the people of israel? >> ask the people on facebook. >> john: by the way it's amazing your material is so brilliant, and dean is a liberal muslim and i'm a liberal christian, which i sort of the is redundant, but tell us about your take and perspective. >> we just did a stand up for peace show and for about nine years now we go to college campuses. and even
. and the numbers are staggering. as dick durbin pointed out recently when lyndon johnson was majority leader of the senate democratic majority leader of the senate. for six years, there was one filibuster. one filibuster. the last six years under republican leadership, there have been 380 filibusters in the senate. they filibuster everything including -- one of the most outrageous examples, republicans in the senate filibustered the james -- september 11th health and compensation act which would have provided healthcare for the heroes the first responders of september 11th. republicans filibustered that and prevented it from coming to a vote in the senate. so it doesn't matter good or bad if the democrat was for it, republicans filibustered it. and they did so by -- it was sort of like a -- a virtual filibuster. it is no longer the day when they bring in the cots and they make them actually speak. they just threaten to filibuster and that's all they have to do and it is just as effective and -- effectively blocks a measure at al
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